Greetings from the Chair of the Department of Continuing Medical Education

Christopher Fucito, DO FAAFPWelcome to The Guthrie Clinics’ Department of Continuing Medical Education.  We believe that CME is the cornerstone of excellence in patient care and are proud to continue the over 100-year tradition of quality educational programs.  At Guthrie we offer over 300 hours of Continuing Medical Education annually in multiple formats.  Our behavioral health, medical and surgical grand rounds are designed to both review core concepts as well as challenge the most seasoned knowledge bases.  Case conferences are offered by multiple specialties on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis.   Large conferences offered include the Primary Care Symposium, Cardiovascular Symposium, Guthrie Women in Medicine Conference as well as the Donald Guthrie Visiting Professor Program.

It has been my privilege to serve as the chair of the Department of Continuing Medical Education since 2022.  I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.   My tenure with The Guthrie Clinic started in 2007 after completing my Family Medicine Residency and first three years of practice in the United States Army.  I continue to have a full time Family Medicine practice as well as serve as the Lead physician of the Guthrie Southport Office.  It is my distinct pleasure to lead this amazing team into the future.

Christopher Fucito, DO FAAFP
Lead Physician Southport Family Medicine
CME Chair, The Guthrie Clinic

Greeting from the System Director of Continuing Medical Education

Trish SternThe Guthrie Clinic has been an accredited provider of Continuing Medical Education since 1972 through the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The purpose of the Continuing Medical Education program is to provide high quality evidence-based educational opportunities that advance knowledge, skills, and performance of physicians to enhance their ability to provide excellent patient care, health maintenance, and improved patient outcomes. 

In my 20 years’ experience here at Guthrie, I have the distinct pleasure of working with physicians in developing and implementing educational activities to address their learning needs and goals with emphasis on improving quality of care and patient safety.
There are always new and challenging opportunities within the medical landscape, and I enjoy being a part of improving the Guthrie community that I was raised in. 
Trish Stern
Director, System CME
The Guthrie Clinic


Accreditation with CommendationThe Pennsylvania Medical Society is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the national accrediting body. The Society accredits continuing medical education programs in Pennsylvania community hospitals, specialty associations, and other organization that are eligible for CME accreditation and comply with the elements of the three essential areas of accreditation.

Accreditation with Commendation

The Guthrie Clinic is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Guthrie Clinic Office of Continuing Medical Education has been surveyed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider for continuing medical education for physicians.

Accreditation term: October 3, 2019, through October 31, 2025

Behavioral Health Grand Rounds

Danielle Terry, PhD, ABPPProgram Director
Danielle Terry, PhD, ABPP
Clinical Health Psychologist
Director, Behavioral Science


This educational series will provide physicians with an improved ability to adequately identify and manage commonly occurring mental health conditions and behavioral health issues that present in primary care. It will provide an increased rudimentary knowledge base and updated information about mental health conditions and existing evidence-based treatments. In addition, practical skills, assessment tools, and strategies will provide engagement in self-reflection to improve their own practice and patient relationships. 

Behavioral Health Grand Rounds are offered the 3rd Thursday of every month (academic year) from 2-4:00 p.m. via HYBRID through Microsoft Teams® and in-person in the Family Medicine Conference Room, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA. 

Medical Grand Rounds

Sheela Prabhu, MD, FACPProgram Director
Sheela Prabhu, MD, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine


Through its weekly conference, Medical Grand Rounds seeks to promote excellence and quality in clinical care; introduce clinicians to recent advances in medical care; provide updates on scientific advances that affect the practice of medicine; and provide a forum for discussion of topics that strengthen the relationship of Medicine to the broader community.

Medical Grand Rounds are offered every Friday (academic year) from 12-1:00 p.m. via Microsoft Teams® and at times HYBRID utilizing the Auditorium, Patterson Education Building, Guthrie Sayre Campus.  

Medical Grand Rounds is intended for: Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Fellows, Residents, Medical/Nursing Students, and other Ancillary Healthcare Professionals.

Core Competencies

Included in all presentations are some or all of the ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies in Medical Education: Patient Care /Medical Knowledge/Practice-Based Learning and Improvement/Interpersonal and Communication Skills/Professionalism/Systems-Based Practice.

Surgical Grand Rounds

Dana LaVanture, MD, FACSProgram Director
Dana LaVanture, MD, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency


Through its monthly conference, Surgical Grand Rounds seeks to promote excellence and quality in clinical care; introduce clinicians to recent advances in surgical care; provide updates on scientific advances that affect the practice of surgery; and provide a forum for discussion of topics that strengthen the relationship of Surgery to the broader community.

Surgical Grand Rounds are offered Thursdays (academic year) from 7-8:00 a.m. via HYBRID through Microsoft Teams® and in-person in the 4-blue Conference Room, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA. 

Surgical Grand Rounds are intended for: All general and specialist surgical providers, advanced practice providers, nurses, fellows, residents, and other allied healthcare professional.

Core Competencies

Included in all presentations are some or all of the ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies in Surgical Education: Patient Care /Medical Knowledge/Practice-Based Learning and Improvement/Interpersonal and Communication Skills/Professionalism/Systems-Based Practice.

CME Online Resources

State of Pennsylvania CME Requirements for Physicians

State of New York Requirements
New York State CME Requirements
State-Mandated Opioid Prescriber Training

Medication Access and Training Expansion Act (MATE)
Starting June 27, 2023, DEA-registered physicians and practitioners must complete EIGHT HOURS of training on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders before applying for a license or having their license renewed.

Online CME Opportunities Available Through Guthrie

Credit for an internet PoC activity may be achievable through the Ovid Discovery (the “library portal”), See “CME credits on Ovid Discovery” for more information.

Journal-based CME is a “CME activity in which an article, within a peer-reviewed, professional journal, is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ prior to publication of the journal.” Contact Guthrie Beck Library ( for assistance in locating articles certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.”

If you are interested in publishing an article and claiming CME credit, the library offers journal finding for submission as a service tailored to your manuscript and your needs. Similarly, if you are interested in participating in peer review, the library may be able to help you develop a list of appropriate journals in need of peer reviewers with your expertise.

You may also be able to earn and redeem CME through UpToDate. See Earning & Redeeming CME & MOC | UpToDate User Academy | Wolters Kluwer.

Trauma Specific CME's On-Line

Associations & Organizations

Other CME Courses

CME Mission Statement

CME Mission Statement

CME Organizational Chart

CME Organizational Chart

Cardiovascular Symposium

Saturday, February 1, 2025
Tioga Downs Casino & Resort
More Information will be available soon!

Tioga Downs Casino Resort

Conference Description

The American Heart Association estimates that 120 million + people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases; this includes heart disease, stroke, heart failure and hypertension, or high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease remains the nation’s leading cause of death and disability, a ranking they have held since 1921.

Similar to national rates, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease continues to greatly impact the population Guthrie serves. Due to the burden of cardiovascular disease, Guthrie’s cardiovascular health practitioners have joined forces to provide an update on primary and secondary prevention strategies along with an update on the breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of most frequently encountered cardiovascular disorders.

This event will focus on practice guidelines and breakthroughs that are most relevant to the entire medical community, with emphasis on prevention and appropriate choice of diagnostic and therapeutic means.

We hope to attract the medical community to this “patient-centered” interactive educational experience.

Intended Audience

This conference is designed to provide an update in the diagnosis and evidence-based management of cardiovascular disease for primary care providers. Emphasis will be placed on building primary care-based skills and recognizing when to treat and when to refer. Others that will find this program valuable include medical specialists, advanced practice providers, registered nurses, cardiovascular fellows, residents, medical and nursing students, and other allied healthcare professionals who would like to increase their knowledge base regarding cardiovascular disease.

Guthrie Women in Medicine

More Information will be available soon!

Conference Description

This event will focus on timely and practical issues involving healthcare topics and the promotion of equity in women’s health through strategies focused on diversity, inclusivity, and leadership. This is an educational opportunity for continued development of knowledge and resources in aspects of health promotion, the importance of patients’ influence in medicine, and how to use evidence-based medicine for a patient-centered care delivery model. Our focus will remain on Guthrie’s vision “Improving Health Through Clinical Excellence and Compassion; Every Patient. Every Time.”

find this program useful include nurses, medical and nursing students and other healthcare professionals who would like to increase their knowledge base regarding mentoring, disparity, mutual respect, and other current medical issues.

Primary Care Symposium

Friday, September 27, 2024
Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Registration and Conference Information 

Primary Care Symposium

Conference Description

The broad scope of the primary care physician’s practice incorporates management of acute, undiagnosed illness and complex, multi-system disease, as well as the provision of extensive preventive care and general health promotion. In addition, because primary care physicians are most often the first medical provider contacted by a patient, the daily clinical challenges require a distinct approach and special skills in eliciting concerns, focusing key issues, negotiating plans, and helping solve problems, Primary care physicians also need to actively collaborate with referral specialists and coordinate the care given by varied specialties. All this is firmly based in the context of a patient-physician relationship built on mutual trust and knowledge. This important CME symposium “Hot Topics for the Primary Care Provider” will educate and promote improved patient outcomes in a broad range of therapeutic areas commonly encountered in the busy primary care practice. In addition to an overview of the history, current science of a variety of specialty areas and new and important medical advances, most content will be presented in a very practical, patient focused manner relevant to the specific primary care setting and challenges.

Donald Guthrie VPP

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

  • 5:30 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:15 p.m. – Buffet Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. – Presentation

Location: The Club at Shepard Hills, 17 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY 

More information will be available soon!

Presenter: Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MED), FACS

Dr. Roy Phitayakorn completed his residency training in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011.  Dr. Phitayakorn is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School with a practice in general surgery and endocrine surgery at the main campus of the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Phitayakorn is also the MGH Department of Surgery Director of Medical Student Education and Surgical Education Research and the Co-Director of the American College of Surgeons-accredited MGH Surgery Education Research and Simulation Fellowship program. 

Dr. Phitayakorn has a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (MHPE).  His MHPE thesis won the best thesis award in 2007 and best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference.  Dr. Phitayakorn was the first Surgical Simulation Fellow at the MGH Learning Laboratory and completed a certificate in simulation-based teaching from the MGH Institutes of Health Professions in 2011. 
Dr. Phitayakorn is an external examination consultant for the American Board of Surgery and develops medical education content for the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Phitayakorn is also a faculty member for several national medical education courses and institutions including the Harvard Macy Institute, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeons as Educators course, the Institute of Medical Simulation, the ACS Surgical Education Principles and Practice course, and the ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership. 

Conference Description

Donald Guthrie was one of the 13 founding members of the American Board of Surgery. He also established the Guthrie Clinic and the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital surgical residency program, one of the oldest surgical residency programs in the country. To continue Dr. Guthrie’s commitment to excellence in education, the Donald Guthrie Foundation provides the support for this lecture series.

The Donald Guthrie Visiting Professor Program is intended to bring renowned physicians to the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania for the purposes of education and intellectual exchange. This program will offer a unique opportunity for all health care disciplines to create a “learning community” and focus on clinically relevant topics that are designed to improve knowledge, skill, attitude, behaviors, and the clinical outcomes for patients.